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Prof. Tattletale

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Part two in the grown-ups who should know better whining about bullying series:

A professor is suing because her students were sort of mean to her when she offered them the golden gift of "problematizing" technology and life sciences with, for example, "ecofeminist" critiques.

Priya Venkatesan taught English at Dartmouth College. She maintains that some of her students were so unreceptive of "French narrative theory" that it amounted to a hostile working environment. She is also readying lawsuits against her superiors, who she says papered over the harassment, as well as a confessional expos√©, which she promises will "name names."…

Ms. Venkatesan lectured in freshman composition, intended to introduce undergraduates to the rigors of expository argument. "My students were very bully-ish, very aggressive, and very disrespectful," she told Tyler Brace of the Dartmouth Review.

And the best quote from her:

"They'd argue with your ideas." This caused "subversiveness."

Via Julian Sanchez, who is at least marginally more receptive to French narrative theory